It was a long drive today to get to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It’s only around a five hour drive from Fargo, where we were last night, but it’s an extremely boring drive with almost nothing to look at the entire way. Seriously, North Dakota, can’t you plant some trees or something?!
We arrived at the visitor center just before 4pm. I bought a couple postcards and talked with the rangers about back-country camping, but they suggested today was a bad day because there’s supposed to be a storm coming through and I guess lightning is a fairly decent threat out here. Adela hasn’t done much for backpacking or setting up a tent, so I thought it’d be a fun experiment, but it might have to wait until next time. Instead, we took about two and a half hours to drive the 36 mile loop around the park. Along the way we saw lots of prairie dogs, a deer, several pronghorns, five horses, and a bison. The drive around the park is quite nice and offers great views of vast landscapes. My favorite view was from the Wind Canyon Trail, accessible on the North side of the loop drive. The trail leads to a ridge overlooking the Little Missouri River and was quite relaxing to look out over.
I forgot to mention it before, but as of yesterday, I have been to 49 of the states. I’m coming for you, Alaska. Next year.